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Council approves budget

DUBLIN — The Dublin Town Council approved a total budget of $3,277, 231 for Fiscal Year 2008-09 for the Town of Dublin at a specially-called meeting last night.
As three of the council’s six members were absent at the Thursday, June 19, meeting, they did not have a quorum. Hence, the voting was rescheduled for last night.
Of the $3,277,231 for the total budget, general fund revenue is estimated at $1,111,466, and general fund expenditures are also recommended at $1,111,466.
The enterprise fund revenue is proposed to be $2,165,765, and expenditures for the enterprise fund are also proposed to be $2,165,765.
The general fund represents the administrative, police, fire and streets departments, as well as joint ventures such as recreation and REMSI.
The enterprise fund represents the water, sewer, sanitation and Dublin Industrial Park departments.
According to Bill Parker, Dublin town manager, there are no proposed increases in real estate, personal property or other tax rates, and there are no proposed increases in utility fees for this proposed budget.
Parker also noted that “economic conditions in the private sector are still holding, but a private-side economic recession looms due to increased fuel costs and a weak dollar in the world market. Therefore, enterprise fund revenues reflect a modest gain of only $13,054. It is expected that private sector activities may level or even decline in the next period due to expected increases in interest rates and inflation rates.”
As for expenditures/expenses, Parker said that health insurance expenditures show no increase from last year and that Local Choice, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield remains as the town’s insurance carrier. Parker said this is the first time he can remember that there has been no increase.
Parker also said that an overall three percent increase in employee salaries, as well as associated increases in benefits, is included in this budget.
In addition, Parker said that a $39,805 projected increase in fees paid to Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority has been included in the budget.

Without surprise, gasoline and diesel costs have been budgeted with a 35 percent increase over last year, which Parker noted as an approximate 78 percent increase in the past two years. Heating costs, natural gas and fuel oil have also been budgeted with a 37 percent increase over last year, which Parker noted as an approximate 73 percent increase in two years.
The council members who were in attendance at last night’s meeting, including Dallas Cox, Peggy Hemmings, Doug Irvin Sr. and Steve Crigger, voted unanimously to approve this budget.

“It’s going to be a difficult budget,” Parker said. “The mayor and I have discussed that it’s going to be close to the first year that we actually began making a budget. It’s going to be tight, but I think we can do it, especially with the help of our employees.”

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Council approves budget

DUBLIN — The Dublin Town Council approved a total budget of $3,277, 231 for Fiscal Year 2008-09 for the Town of Dublin at a specially-called meeting last night.
As three of the council’s six members were absent at the Thursday, June 19, meeting, they did not have a quorum. Hence, the voting was rescheduled for last night.
Of the $3,277,231 for the total budget, general fund revenue is estimated at $1,111,466, and general fund expenditures are also recommended at $1,111,466.
The enterprise fund revenue is proposed to be $2,165,765, and expenditures for the enterprise fund are also proposed to be $2,165,765.
The general fund represents the administrative, police, fire and streets departments, as well as joint ventures such as recreation and REMSI.
The enterprise fund represents the water, sewer, sanitation and Dublin Industrial Park departments.
According to Bill Parker, Dublin town manager, there are no proposed increases in real estate, personal property or other tax rates, and there are no proposed increases in utility fees for this proposed budget.
Parker also noted that “economic conditions in the private sector are still holding, but a private-side economic recession looms due to increased fuel costs and a weak dollar in the world market. Therefore, enterprise fund revenues reflect a modest gain of only $13,054. It is expected that private sector activities may level or even decline in the next period due to expected increases in interest rates and inflation rates.”
As for expenditures/expenses, Parker said that health insurance expenditures show no increase from last year and that Local Choice, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield remains as the town’s insurance carrier. Parker said this is the first time he can remember that there has been no increase.
Parker also said that an overall three percent increase in employee salaries, as well as associated increases in benefits, is included in this budget.
In addition, Parker said that a $39,805 projected increase in fees paid to Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority has been included in the budget.

Without surprise, gasoline and diesel costs have been budgeted with a 35 percent increase over last year, which Parker noted as an approximate 78 percent increase in the past two years. Heating costs, natural gas and fuel oil have also been budgeted with a 37 percent increase over last year, which Parker noted as an approximate 73 percent increase in two years.
The council members who were in attendance at last night’s meeting, including Dallas Cox, Peggy Hemmings, Doug Irvin Sr. and Steve Crigger, voted unanimously to approve this budget.

“It’s going to be a difficult budget,” Parker said. “The mayor and I have discussed that it’s going to be close to the first year that we actually began making a budget. It’s going to be tight, but I think we can do it, especially with the help of our employees.”

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